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I did this post last week and so many people liked having the opportunity to respond that I thought I’d try it as a regular feature for a while and see how it goes. So welcome to Friday Favorites where each week I’ll ask you to post an excerpt about a favorite. Last week was favorite hero. This week it’s your favorite villain.
Do you have a favorite villain that you’ve written? Someone so deliciously oily and evil that you enjoyed every minute he was on stage in your story and loved it even more when he was finally brought low?
Looking back on the stories I’ve written, many of mine had conflict mostly between the hero and heroine, or together they struggle against some natural disaster so a villain isn’t present. And in one of my books, the true villain is never actually seen, though his actions set my H/H to swimming in a river of misery.
I do, however, have one real bad guy that I just love to hate: Phillipe Tondereau, Vicomte St. Cyr from the second book in my Georgian series, Only Marriage Will Do. Phillipe was previously engaged to the heroine, Lady Juliet Ferrers, though their betrothal was broken off by Phillipe’s father. A year later Phillipe has turned up in London with papers claiming Juliet was married to him by proxy in France. And the nasty little popinjay will stop at nothing to try to get her back:
“This need not concern the marquess. I can arrange for your marriage to this gentleman,” St. Cyr waved his hand at Amiable dismissively, “to be annulled and then we can. . .”
“I am afraid that is out of the question, St. Cyr,” Amiable broke in. “Disabuse yourself of the idea that I will have my marriage to Juliet annulled, with or without her brother’s consent. She is my wife and there’s an end to it. You have upset her enough for one day and I will thank you to leave.” Amiable tried hard to keep a civil tone when he really wanted to take the young fop by the seat of his satin breeches and throw him out the front door.
“Juliet, ma chere,” St. Cyr reverted to his native French. “You cannot have a serious regard for this monstrous oaf?” His eyes raked Amiable’s form contemptuously. “He is a barbarian compared to me, my dear. I can make you forget him, forget any of his crude gestures. Do you remember our embrace? At the King’s Christmas court ball? Such a quaint custom of the mistletoe. You seemed to long for more than just my tongue that night, my sweet.”
“Philippe!” Juliet stared at him in horror, blushing until her face matched the hue of her dress.
Anyone who would embarrass a lady to that degree is a true villain! And he only gets worse as the book goes on.
Now, why don’t you tell me about your favorite villain? Decide which of your bad guys you’d like to introduce everyone to, and choose a snippet about this character (preferably no more than 200 words) to share about him. (A snippet from your manuscript would be awesome, but if you’re not comfortable with that, you can choose to do a character sketch–something to show us your character and writing.) And if you’re not an author or just can’t decide, tell me about a villain you’ve read who really made you hate the ground he walks on. (Outside of my novels, probably Jack Randall from Outlander is the character I most love to despise.) Can’t wait to see you playing favorites again!